WPD crime lab can perform forensic analysis with new accreditation

Published: Jul. 2, 2013 at 2:56 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 6, 2013 at 2:56 PM EDT
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The Wilmington Police Department's Crime Lab recently received International Accreditation from...
The Wilmington Police Department's Crime Lab recently received International Accreditation from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/ Laboratory Accreditation Board.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The Wilmington Police Department's Crime Lab recently received International Accreditation from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/ Laboratory Accreditation Board.

"This accreditation is a great accomplishment for our agency it puts us on a level with state and nationally recognized labs such as the EPA, FDA and DEA," said Police Chief Ralph Evangelous.

The accreditation makes the WPD's crime lab the only one of its kind in Southeastern, NC. It helps the agency meet requirements of a new state law that outlines which labs can perform forensic analysis for evidence admitted in state courts, according to WPD spokesperson Linda Rawley.

Rawley said The WPD lab joins the list of only three other publicly funded labs in the state with this accreditation. According to Rawley, the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department, the Wake County City-County Bureau of Identification and the NC State Crime Laboratory have also received their accreditations.

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